Fabulous Find – Z’s Cup of Tea

by Maggie on September 3, 2010

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Fancy a cuppa?

Well go grab one, finish reading my post, and then hop on over to Z’s Cup of Tea and take a look through her blog.

I am quite sure you will like what you find.

Remember my interview with Lauren from Celiac Teen?  She is a 17 year old gluten-free food blogger.  Well Miss Z, whose name is actually Zoe, is also a teenage gluten-free food(ie) blogger who totally amazes me!

Zoe’s blog was born out of her family’s need to follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).  What does SCD mean?  It’s okay, I didn’t know either so I asked Zoe.

The SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) is a diet that eliminates all grains and starches; meat, fish, and fowl are acceptable to eat, along with most fruit and vegetables, and some forms of dairy (although in the case of autism, no dairy is allowed) as well as nuts, which are a major staple in SCD baking, used in the form of nut butters or ground to a flour-like consistency, and the only sweetener allowed is honey.

Zoe’s recipes are basically gluten-free, casein-free, refined sugar-free and SCD friendly.  Sounds good to me!

The blog started when she was baking and experimenting by cooking for her brother who is recovering from autism.  Friends and family suggested she write a cookbook, so she started a blog (cookbook deal to follow, right Zoe?).

And we’re all lucky for that decision!  I love it when Zoe’s updates pop up in my inbox (I subscribe to her posts via email).  She always has something totally creative and totally healthy.  Like honey-sweetened marshmallows, which Callum and I are dying to try!

Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger

I decided to adopt Zoe for this month’s Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger event which is hosted by the one and only Shirley from Gluten Free Easily.

August was slightly crazy for everyone I know.  For me though, it was birthday after birthday.  Two weddings.  And loads of baking in the hot hot heat.  So I found a recipe on Zoe’s blog that was simple and delicious and didn’t require me to turn on my oven.  Phew.

It was hard to pick a single recipe from Zoe’s blog.  I really wanted to try her marshmallows but I just couldn’t fit it in.  Instead I opted for her Mango Banana Popsicles.  A perfect treat for a hot September day (seriously, we’ve had a little heatwave up in these parts).  My little ragamuffins loved them and I loved them even more!  No juice, no added sugar, no dairy.  Just FRUIT.  Yum.

Here are a few more recipes from Z’s Cup of Tea I really want to try:

Honey-Sweetened Marshmallows

Sesame Snaps

Lemon Millet Biscuits

Want to know more about Zoe? Check out her blog.

Want to know more about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet? Zoe says you must read Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall, which explains SCD and how it works. Or check out the official website of Breaking the Vicious Cycle and Pecanbread.com, which is a site for kids on the SCD.

And you MUST head over to Shirley’s blog in a couple of days for the full roundup!